Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
TopicsGCC, US Foreign Policy, US policy in the Middle East , US-Gulf relations
RegionsGulf, Middle East
LanguagesFrench, Portuguese, Spanish
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February 20, 2015The Washington Examiner quotes Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on the White House Countering Violent Extremism Summit:
February 14, 2015Atlantic Council analyst says White House summit must catalogue what we know about countering violent extremism A White House conference on countering violent extremism will “reinforce international will to take on the difficult issues posed by radicalization,” according to the…
February 13, 2015When the White House convenes its “summit” on countering violent extremism on February 18, experts and officials will no doubt come up with a few good ideas about how to limit the appeal of terrorism. But when most Americans think…
February 06, 2015Other than a necessary new focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the new National Security Strategy is largely consistent with past reports. The document is an important statement of intent, but we can be pretty confident…
February 04, 2015Some members of Congress and noisy portions of the media and blogosphere are vexed by President Barack Obama’s refusal to declare war on “radical Islam.” Their distress seemed to be only exacerbated by the President’s measured and sensible response to…
Full BioRichard LeBaron is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council with a special focus on the Gulf region.
Ambassador LeBaron is a career diplomat with over thirty years experience abroad and in Washington. His most recent overseas posting was as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010. Ambassador LeBaron served as chargé d'affaires in London from February to August 2009. Previous to his assignment to London, Ambassador LeBaron served as the US ambassador to Kuwait (2004 to 2007). From September 2001 to July 2004, Ambassador LeBaron served as deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ambassador LeBaron was minister-counselor for political and economic affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001. While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, he served in three positions related to the Middle East: director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council, director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and public affairs adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1991 to 1993, Ambassador LeBaron was political officer in the State Department's Office of European Community Affairs. Ambassador LeBaron's earlier overseas diplomatic postings included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, the Ambassador held a two-year consultancy in Brazil working on science policy issues. Ambassador LeBaron studied at the University of Colorado (BA) and The George Washington University (MA).